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BIOS Setup

If we disable the start-up logo or press the Tab key in the beginning of system boot-up, we will see the info displayed at the POST stage:

By pressing the Del key we can get access to the BIOS main menu, which doesn’t see ot have chnaged:

However, this impression is deceptive. If you go to “MB Intelligent Tweaker M.I.T.” section, you will see why: it looks completely different now. Instead of a long list of options taking several screens, we see five sub-sections and a little bit of info on the current system parameters.

I personally prefer one section with a full list of necessary options instead of several sub-sections, although I can’t say that I am a not an ardent antagonist of the latter solution either. I have to admit that in some cases smaller sub-sections will be easier to work with. For example, if you select “Advanced Voltage Settings” sub-section, you will immediately get access to all voltages instead of surfing for the necessary settings in a single humongous list. At the same time, five sub-sections seem like a little too much. I am sure that they could have gotten away with three, for instance.

Let’s take the first and last glance at the informational sub-section called “M.I.T. Current Status”. It is not very important because some info can be found in other BIOS sections, and some is simply useless, because it is not true.

We are being told that the maximum Intel Core i7-860 processor clock multiplier is 22x, while in reality it increased to 26x in the current operational conditions. Also it is very hard to believe that at 22-23 °C room temperature the fourth processor core is only 18 °C warm. And as for the base frequency that shows 136.72 MHz instead of the required 133.3 MHz is not a mistake. Gigabyte mainboards almost always noticeably increase the nominal CPU frequencies in default mode. It must be done in order to ensure that they will have an advantage during performance comparison in nominal mode against other manufacturers’ solutions.

“Advanced Frequency Settings” sub-section is almost an exact copy of the former “MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.)” section, though in a shorter form.

Just like before, the processor settings are all singled out on a separate page.

 
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